Saying No Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old saying no quotes, saying no sayings, and saying no proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Learn to say no in situations where saying no can be difficult, where it could mean getting fired. Say no anyway, because it could lead you to greater opportunities. Samuel Dash
Saying no can be the ultimate self-care. Claudia Black
You don't have to accept things you are not okay with. Anonymous
Learn to say no without explaining yourself. Anonymous
Always say no pun intended to draw attention to the intended pun. Teju Cole
Tone is the hardest part of saying no. Jonathan Price
Learning to "just say no" to emotional reactions isn't repression. Saying no means not engaging the frustration, anger, judgment, or blame. Without engagement, you won't have anything to repress. Doc Childre
If you want more time, freedom, and energy, start saying no. Anonymous
In saying no to progress, it is not the future which they condemn, but themselves. They give themselves a melancholy disease; they inoculate themselves with the past. There is but one way of refusing tomorrow, that is to die. Victor Hugo
You can't improve on saying nothing. Golda Meir
The ability to say no is a tremendous advantage for an investor. Warren Buffett
There are times in life when language fails us, when everything that needs to be said can be expressed only by saying nothing at all. Simon Van Booy
There is nothing worse than doing nothing and saying nothing when your voice is needed. Soledad O'Brien
Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough. Josh Billings
Learn to say “no” to the good and the advantageous, in order to receive the best. Sunday Adelaja
Saying No gains you respect. When you say No, the other person may feel disappointed. But ultimately, they will respect you for taking good care of yourself. And most of all, you'll respect yourself because you are being true to yourself! Doreen Virtue
The courage to say no, the courage to say yes. Decisions do determine Destiny. Thomas S. Monson
Just saying yes because you can't bear the short-term pain of saying no is not going to help you do the work. Seth Godin
Say no to everything, so you can say yes to the one thing. Richie Norton
You can say no if that is more truthful than a resentful yes. Judith Lasater
Saying no to something is actually much more powerful than saying yes. Tom Hanks
Saying ‘No' does not always show a lack of generosity and that saying ‘Yes' is not always a virtue Paulo Coelho
NO is a complete sentence. It does not require an explanation to follow. You can truly answer someone's request with a simple No Sharon E. Rainey
It's better to say nothing than spend 1,000 words or an hour speech saying nothing. Get to the point. Richard Branson
It takes effort to say no when our heart and brains and guts and, most important, pride are yearning to say yes. Practice. Cole Harmonson
When you say 'yes' to others, make sure you're not saying 'no' to yourself. Paulo Coelho
Coffee is a girl who never tells a boy no. Andrew Smith
If you must say yes, say it with an open heart. If you must say no, say it without fear. Paulo Coelho
It's only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that really matter. Scott Belsky
If you believe that saying no will get you shot, well, what a fine way to go. Peter Block